Gay-friendly holidays

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
HomeAway travel expert

Gay-friendly holidaysIt goes without saying that there are certain spots simply planted on everyone’s gaydar: San Francisco, Brighton, Berlin. But what of lesser-known, queer-friendly holiday spots? It can be a pretty daunting prospect trying to find the right place for your holiday, whether travelling with your other half or in a group. Whether you identify with the LGBTQI acronym or not, you can be safe in the knowledge that HomeAway provides a range of excellent and welcoming properties, many in the holiday resorts you’ve always dreamed of. Want an easy way to find a great destination? Simply type “gay friendly” into our search bar: it’s not just for destination searches!

We don’t have enough space to list every must-see site here: the likes of Sitges, the Canary Islands and Las Vegas will need to wait for another day’s writing. But what we can give you is a sampler of some of the world’s best gay-friendly holiday destinations, and a range of accommodations in each. Looking for nightlife, beaches or world-class attractions; history, heritage or cuisine? Whatever takes your fancy, choose HomeAway to enjoy a home from home experience. 

But before that, why not read on for a few of our favourites?


Our selection of gay-friendly destinations


San Francisco, United States Gay friendly accommodation in San Francisco, United States

San Fran’s long been associated with LGBTQI culture: since the early 1950s, it’s proved one of the world’s most popular gay-friendly destinations. Yes, it has that strange fog which characterises much of the summer, but with a year-round pleasant climate and fantastic nightlife in the Castro - that’s the epicentre of American gay culture to those of you unfamiliar with the city - it remains a fantastic holiday spot. But don’t get too comfortable: the likes of the Mission, SoMa and Haight districts warrant exploration, too. What with their incredible attractions, quirky museums and delectable diversity of cuisines, you’re sure to be kept enthralled throughout your stay.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands Gay friendly holidays in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam’s surely one of the hippest places in Europe for gay-friendly breaks: its vibrant nightlife, fantastic cuisine, and somewhat risqué shops have long appealed to travellers. Perhaps the best-known area for LGBTQI tourists, however, is Reguliersdwarsstraat, a street virtually littered with gay bars, clubs and saunas (but note: this isn’t the sort of sauna for an old-fashioned pampering session!). Whether you want to spend your days visiting sites of historical interest and museums - the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum are musts - or enjoying spending sprees on Kalverstraat, there’s no shortage of things to keep you busy here.

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Sydney, Australia Gay friendly accommodation in Sydney, Australia

For festivals and fantastic shores in equal measure, it’s got to be Sydney: it’s the gay-friendly capital of Australia, and the largest city in the country. It’s got beaches, parks and world-famous sites, harbour tours, opera performances and Michelin-starred restaurants...need I really go on? That said, it’s particularly popular when the Sydney Mardi Gras comes round, over a fortnight in February and March. Travel at this time for a celebration of fun and frivolity, joining the hundreds of thousands of people who flock here for the LGBTQI pride parade. Of course, come here at any other time and you’ll still leave wanting more.

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Mykonos, Greece Gay friendly holdiays in Mykonos, Greece

As famed for being gay friendly as it is for its picturesque whitewashed villages, Mykonos is unbeatable for a beach break in Europe. It’s been an LGBTQI hotspot since the 70s, after all. Its crystal-clear waters lap upon dozens of stunning beaches, many of which are bustling hubs of activity easily accessible by foot, while others are uncrowded, only accessible by boat. Whatever you’re looking for in a seaside break in Greece, Mykonos can deliver it in spades. Head along the waterfront for a dazzling array of nightlife, and by day, simply sun yourself on the sand. But remember: many of its bars only open in the high season, between April and October.

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Brighton, England Gay friendly holidays in Brighton, England

Freethinking, bohemian and home to one of the best pride festivals in the UK, Brighton’s the unofficial ‘Gay Capital of Britain’. Fancy all-night partying with your mates, a laid-back break with your boyfriend, or even getting hitched to your girlfriend? Then Brighton’s the destination of choice: its shops, seaside strip and picturesque pier are all well-loved parts of any holiday here. Stroll around Brighton’s so-called Gay Quarter in Kemp Town, where you’ll find grand architecture dating back to the 18th century, a range of unique boutiques and independent stores where you can flash your cash, and some cracking nightclubs after dark, of course.

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Holiday Accommodation in Brighton

New Church Road - lovely 2 bed apartment

Bright, fun and relaxing two bedroom, 2nd floor apartment with distant sea view, located in the heart of Hove. Sleeping up to 6 people, this holiday apartment is just 400m to the seafront with the beautiful Promenade and Brighton's Palace Pier wit...

Oaklands - contemprory 2 bed that sleeps 5 with terrace, parking & sea view

Contemporary 2 bed bungalow in the village of Saltdean, just a £20 taxi or short bus ride to Brighton. Sleeping up to 5 people, this modern, light and well equipped property has ample parking, a decked outdoor terrace and sea view. Lounge Tw...

Goldsmid House: 2 bed - parking - central

Attractive, 2 bedroom Mews house sleeping up to 4 people, in a quiet central location close to the seafront and the city centre. Solid oak flooring, high ceilings, new kitchen and contemporary bathroom. Off street parking available. Great for conf...

Clock Tower 3: 1 bed - sea view - central

Centrally appointed, spacious one bedroom apartment sleeping 4, which is perfect for first visitors to Brighton and Hove, holiday makers or business guests. The apartment is a few minutes' walk to Brighton Train Station, main shopping centre, cine...

Cannon Place: 1 bed - central

Bright and modern, fantastically located 2nd floor, one bedroom apartment sleeping up to 4 people. This apartment is ideal for conference delegates with the Brighton Centre just around the corner! Cannon Place is centrally located in the vibrant h...
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